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Pat’s Chats: Thankful Thoughts

KSAL StaffNovember 22, 2016

Brace yourself. I'm sure you've already read a million posts by various people giving reasons to why they are thankful. After all, it is Thanksgiving week. I swear I wasn't going to do that today. I'm still going to get into sports, but when I was driving down a dark, rainy Iron Avenue this morning, a song came on. The words "Thank You" appeared on my radio screen. Yes, that's the famous song b...

The Mother of All Conspiracies

KSAL StaffNovember 22, 2016

Kids would be amazed that not too long ago, we had to amuse ourselves with just a handful of conspiracies, not a basketful of wingnuts for every event that hits the news. These days, any tragedy or slightly controversial event is followed with a deluge of internet chatter and YouTube videos that what was just reported was just the latest grassy knoll underworld connection. Today marks the 53rd an...

Now, that’s class

KSAL StaffNovember 21, 2016

This past Friday following the curtain call on Broadway for the wildly popular hit show “Hamilton” an actor who plays the part of Vice-President Aaron Burr did something I find inappropriate.  He called out to the real life Vice-President-elect, Mike Pence, who was in the audience and in the process of leaving.  After getting Pence to stop he reached into his pocket and pulled out a piece of...

Let’s Look at the Numbers

KSAL StaffNovember 11, 2016

The election is over.  The results are in.  But, the process isn't over. On Monday, at 9:00 AM, the Saline County Commissioners will "canvass the vote".  They'll determine how to count the votes of individuals who had an unreported name or address change, among other oddities.  Then, we as citizens can view vote totals by precinct (under the County Clerk's tab at www.saline.org). We need to ...

Now we’ll see

KSAL StaffNovember 9, 2016

Donald Trump is the President-elect.   So, now what?  Trump certainly didn’t lack making huge promises.  Will he build a wall along our southern border?  We’ll see.  Will he bring factories (read “good paying jobs”) back to America?  We’ll see.  Will he make life in our inner cities better?  We’ll see.   The thing about all of those promises is that these are big g...

Election Got You Stressed?

KSAL StaffNovember 8, 2016

Here's a video for you to meditate to...with kitties. ...

How Did We Get Here?

KSAL StaffNovember 8, 2016

The rigged system, of course. But some rigging is necessary, isn't it. That's how the system works. But it doesn't seem to work if the final two candidates are some of the most disrespected in presidential campaign history. It is time to look at how we select our candidates. When I was in debate back in high school our topic was…Resolved: That the United States should significantly change the m...

The 2016 Election is Over…Now What?

KSAL StaffNovember 8, 2016

I'm writing this blog on the eve of the 2016 election.  Obviously, as I write this, I have no idea as to what the outcome will be.  But, you know what, it doesn't matter.  Whether you vote for Trump or Clinton on Tuesday, we all have to wake up with each other on Wednesday morning.  And once the election is over, what happens then? The Trump vs. Clinton Presidential race has ranked as one of ...

Pat’s Chats: The Wild Wild AFC West

KSAL StaffNovember 7, 2016

Bless your heart for checking out this blog with the title referencing a Will Smith jam. The title is only fitting, though. On Sunday night football, the Oakland Raiders handled the Denver Broncos 30-20. With the nation's spotlight shining on them, the Raiders proved that they are, indeed, the real deal. For all of my life, the black and silver was a laughing stock. Oakland and mediocrity belong...

Until We Meet Again, Big Al

KSAL StaffNovember 3, 2016

On Friday I will do one of the hardest things I have ever had to do:  I will say a final good bye to an old friend. Charles Alan Farr, affectionately known far and wide as "Big Al" or "Al Gator," will be laid to rest. Big Al was a true character in every way possible. He had a zest for life, and he had never met a stranger. He was one of the friendliest people I have ever known and also probably...

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